Outgoing Procurement Australia CEO Joe Arena has expressed gratitude and thanks for the many friendships having led the organisation for 10 years.
In a Linkedin post following his recent resignation, Arena said “The time had come for me to move on” and recapped an “incredible journey”
“It’s been an incredible journey and I am eternally grateful to have been given the opportunity to lead an organisation that I love so much.”
He said the job had given him the opportunity to meet and engage with amazing people including politicians and business leaders.
“There have been many achievements but by far my greatest achievement has been the friendships that I have cultivated with the broader team and Board,” he said.
“I know Procurement Australia will continue to go from strength to strength and I will be cheering on from the sidelines.”
More than 140 people commented on Arena’s post.
In a media release, Procurement Australia Chair Glenn Patterson paid tribute to Arena and acknowledged his achievements.
The Board has appointed Strategic Sourcing Director Brendan Hoare, to the role of Interim CEO of Procurement Australia.
Procurement Australia’s services include advisory services and insurance and technical category expertise, bespoke procurement solutions, tendered and non-tendered outcomes energy aggregation and office space.
Hoare, who has acted as CEO, has been with the organisation for 11 years and took charge of the business brands nationally while being also involved in the strategic performance of Procurement Australia.
“As an executive leader in the business with over a decade’s tenure and experience acting as CEO on previous occasions, Brendan is the ideal choice to lead the Procurement Australia team through this transition period,” Procurement Australia said.
Procurement Australia said the Board would “immediately undertake a careful recruitment process for a new CEO.”
It added that the organisation was supported by a dedicated team of executive leaders and experienced senior staff who will continue to guide its business operations as normal.